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Man slain, another hurt in Bukidnon gun attack

By JIGGER J. JERUSALEM
Correspondent .

TWO members of the militant group Kasama-Bukidnon were shot by a masked man at Sitio Kasilaan, Barangay Halapitan, San Fernando town, Friday night.

The Bukidnon chapter of the human rights watchdog Karapatan identified the victims as Guillermo Casas, 42, and Jocelyn Casas, 45.

Karapatan said Guillermo succumbed to two gunshot wounds while Jocelyn was hit in the leg.

Karapatan said the were members of Kasama-Bukidnon, a group affiliated with the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas.

But a report from Bukidnon police provincial director Col. Roel Lamiing, used “Laurete” as Jocelyn’s surname.

In an interview Saturday, Camp Alagar spokesman Lt. Col. Mardy Hortillosa said the victims were inside a store when a gunman approached and fired shots at them.

Hortillosa said the gunman was armed with a caliber .45 pistol and had four companions who were wearing bonnets.

He said the Guillermo was hit in the neck and right hand. He did not reach the hospital alive.

The gunmen escaped using motorcycles, he said.

It has yet to be determined why the victims were targeted by the assailants, but according to the human rights group, “This is the first frustrated extrajudicial and 10th incident of extrajudicial killing case Karapatan-Bukidnon documented in the half year of 2019.”

Nonoy Palma, a member of the Kasama-Bukidnon, was killed in the same barangay this June 16.

Palma was gunned down by motorcycle-riding assassins, and one was even recognized as a militiaman.

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